Ideas poured in for Halloween costumes as part of this year’s contest. Suggest a frugal costume and the best idea (as voted by readers) is what I dress up as. With potentially embarrassing photos posted of me in costume after Halloween!
Jessica had a clever and fun costume idea. “At my sons request he wanted to be a “black eyed pea” last year. I am not too crafty so I had him [wear] a large white “P” printed on a black t-shirt ($6) and got some black face paint ($1) to go around one of his eyes. Everyone had a fit when I took him trick or treating. It was a huge hit! I wouldn’t see why it wouldn’t work for an adult as well.”
I’m a tad confused by Teena LeBeau’s suggestion. “Go as a Freudian slip. Take an old full slip and write Freudian slips on it.” Teena, do you mean write actual Freudian slips on the slip? Or just write “Freud”?
Elizabeth had a number of winning ideas. “Wrap yourself creatively in aluminum foil and go as a Leftover. (This is better on a child, not as much foil is used).
“Get an old laundry basket, cut the bottom out. Use bathrobe waistbands or long scarves for straps, wear a simple t-shirt and pin clean assorted clothes in abundance to the shirt. A bra or other “embarrassing” article of clothing over the head adds humor, an empty bottle of detergent or softener completes the look.
“Red sweats, some fur and black Naugahyde easily convert to a Santa suit, add a store bought hat (use extra fur to sew or glue in a beard that hangs below the chin and you’re good to go)!
“Last one, similar to the grapes: My friend got different colored balloons, some clear plastic sheeting (not too thin). She stapled the sheeting by folding the ends toward the middle. Then stapled the sides. She then cut a hole in the middle and left that open. Then she blew up the balloons and filled the “bag” she’d made. She wore monotone tights and a body leotard and put her head through the hold in the middle, allowing the ‘bag’ to drape in the front and back of her. Then we did a few staples along the side to hold it together there. She was a bag of Jelly Beans!”
N. Davis has a clever group costume idea. “My friends and I once went as the Scooby Doo gang: Shaggy, Freddie, Daphne and Velma. We were able to find most everything we needed for our costumes at thrift stores, including Scooby (a stuffed animal that we carried with us). Basically you just need a white shirt and blue pants for Freddie, green shirt and brown pants for Shaggy, tall boots and a 60s style dress (purple if possible) for Daphne and glasses, an orange turtleneck, red-orange skirt and orange knee socks for Velma (the most difficult costume of the group, IMO). We went to 2 or 3 haunted houses in costume that night, and everybody immediately knew who we were supposed to be and loved it! We heard “you meddling kids” from several different people. LOL!”
Sandy N says your nearest thrift store has everything you’ll need for this costume. “Tourist – find a tropical shirt, khacki shorts, wear long socks pulled up over calves, get a big straw sun hat, wear a camera around neck, map in shirt pocket & sunglasses.” If you go trick-or-treating or to a party, make sure to ask for directions!
Christina Ellis dressed one year as a Christmas Tree. Pair this with Elizabeth’s Santa costume for a dramatic effect! Perhaps you can get friends to dress up as reindeer. “I made the branches out of construction paper and safety pinned them onto a green shirt and brown pants. I used shoe boxes to make Presents which I wore over my shoes and I made a star that I put on top of my head. I had colored flashing lights and tinsel that I wrapped around me. I used stickers that I stuck to the green construction paper for ornaments.”